Dr. Warren, sailing for England to receive a legacy, meets his double in Dow, a derelict working on the steamer. There is a wreck; all are reported lost. But Dow and Warren are landed upon neighboring beach. Dow finds the doctor supposedly dead on the beach and formulates a plan to impersonate him. Later, some fishermen find the doctor unconscious on the beach and revive him only to find that his mind is a blank. Searching his pockets they find a card evidently belonging to a London lawyer, the executor of his will. The fishermen notify the lawyer, who immediately comes to the village. Under the doctor's care Warren regains his memory and prepares to return home. In the meantime, Warren's wife, who has been left in care of Dr. Mason, has received word of the wrecked steamer. She is prostrated. Dr. Mason, highly elated, continues his unwelcome attentions to her. The derelict, now impersonating Warren, arrives in New York and is met by two former pals whom he refuses to recognize. His ...
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